On 8 November 1875, Albert Edward, the Prince of Wales, arrived at Mumbai (formerly Bombay, India) for a four month tour of the Indian subcontinent. Travelling the length and breadth of the country, he exchanged gifts with over ninety rulers, returning to Britain with a ship full of bejewelled swords, shields, jewellery, caskets and vessels, which are now part of the Royal Collection. Splendours of the Subcontinent: A Prince's Tour of India, 1875 - 76 will recount this extraordinary historical event through some of the beautiful gifts that were presented from parts of modern day India, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka, displayed alongside watercolours and photography from the tour.
Developed in partnership between Royal Collection Trust, Bradford Museums and Galleries and New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester, the exhibition will be the first time in 135 years that these magnificent objects will be collectively displayed. A number of items from Bradford's collection of 20th century Indian silver will also be on display.
Further information can be found at: www.royalcollection.org.uk
Image credit: Royal Collection Trust/Copyright Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017